John "Buck" Banks recently had a paper accepted for publication in the journal Ecological Applications. The paper, entitled "Deconstructing the surrogate species concept: a life history approach to the protection of ecosystem services," was written in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Louisiana, Washington State University, and the Agricultural Research Service (USDA). The research uses data and theory to explore the use of surrogate species in predicting the effects of pesticides and other toxicants on endangered or economically important species that contribute critically to ecosystem services. Buck was invited to give a symposium talk on this work in November at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Austin, Texas. Buck also co-authored two other papers recently - one was published in October in the journal Environmental Entomology, and the other is an invited review paper (written with colleagues at CSIRO in Australia) that will appear in the Annual Review of Entomology in early January 2014.
David Coon published his first book, Look Closer: Suburban Narratives and American Values in Film and Television.
Jim Gawel was the invited speaker at the UW-SRP Agency Seminar at EPA Region 10 this summer. His speech, "The Long-Term Impact of Metal Smelting Operations on Arsenic Availability in Urban Lakes of South-Central Puget Sound Region" is available for viewing online.
Claudia Gorbman published her new book, The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics. Full citation: John Richardson, Claudia Gorbman, and Carol Varnallis, eds., The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics. NY: Oxford University Press, 2013. 38 new essays on recent audiovisual aesthetics, from cinema and TV to Youtube, games, and everyday life. Claudia was also responsible for the introduction: John Richardson and Claudia Gorbman, "Introduction" (40 pp.), The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics. (See above for the remainder of the citation.)
Benj Haisch (alumnus of UW Tacoma - AMC major) is now a professional photographer in Seattle. His photographs have been recognized by two organizations: BuzzFeed named him one of the "16 Instagram Accounts That Will Make You Want To Grow A Beard And Move To The Pacific Northwest" and his photographs of an elopement at Rattlesnake Ridge earned him the #1 spot for Green Wedding Shoes' Top 10 Weddings from 2013.
Michael Honey published his book, Sharecropper's Troubadour: John L. Handcox, the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union, and the African American Song Tradition (Palgrave Studies in Oral History).
Ellen Moore took a group of students to Vietnam in the early fall of 2013. While there, she gave a lecture at the Vietnam National University entitled, "You're Getting Warmer: the Connection between American News Coverage of the Environment and the Drive for Profit." Additionally, three students, Kylie Lanthorn ("The Paradox of Green Advertising: American Capitalism and the Practice of Greenwashing") and Michelle Parker and Ashley Peters ("A Tale of Two Countries: a Comparison of Environmental Issues in the U.S. and Vietnam") gave presentations. Michelle Parker also created a blog about her experience in Vietnam.
Ingrid Walker gave a TEDxTacoma talk on "Drugs and Desire." See the presentation here:
Congratulations to all on their hard work and triumphs!
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